ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Environmental risk assessment and management
1. Impact of silver ions and silver nanoparticles on the plant growth and soil microorganisms

D. Tomacheski; M. Pittol; D.N. Simões; V.F. Ribeiro; R.M.C. Santana

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 341-350


  There is a growing consumer market for products that proclaim to decrease microorganism counts to prevent infections. Most of these products are loaded with silver in its ionic or nanoparticle form. Through use or during production, these particles can find their way into the soil and cause an impact ...  Read More

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Marine and coastal environmental pollution and management
2. Intraperitoneal fipronil effects on liver histopathological, biochemistry and morphology in Caspian kutum, Rutilus frisii kutum (Kamenskii, 1901)

R. Alijani Ardeshir; H. Zolgharnein; A.A. Movahedinia; N. Salamat; E. Zabihi; J. Regenstein

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 351-362


  Fipronil is a relatively new insecticide in agriculture with health and environmental effects. This is the first report studying effect of fipronil on fish administered via intraperitoneal route. Intraperitoneal LD50  of fipronil in 16.3 g Caspian kutum, Rutilus frisii kutum, fingerlings was determined ...  Read More

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Plant and Soil Environment
3. Ecology of litterfall production of giant bamboo Dendrocalamus asper in a watershed area

A.G. Toledo Bruno; R.A. Marin; M.A.P. Medina; G.R. Puno; R.O. Villarta; R.R. Puno

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 363-372


  Giant bamboo Dendrocalamus asper is recommended in environmental and livelihood programs in the Philippines due to its various ecological, economic and social benefits. However, there are limited data on the ecology of giant bamboo litterfall production, which contributes to soil nutrient availability. ...  Read More

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Soil pollution and remediation
4. Remediation of total petroleum hydrocarbons using combined in-vessel composting ‎and oxidation by activated persulfate

A.R. Asgari; R. Nabizadeh; A.H. Mahvi; S. Nasseri; M.H. Dehghani; S. Nazmara; K. Yaghmaeian

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 373-384


  This study was investigated the efficiency of activated persulfate and ‎in-vessel composting for removal of total petroleum hydrocarbons. ‎Remediation by activated persulfate with ferrous sulfate as pre-treatment was done at batch system. In the chemical oxidation, various variables including ...  Read More

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Solid waste management
5. Predicting waste generation using Bayesian model averaging

M.G. Hoang; T. Fujiwara; S.T. Pham Phu; K.T. Nguyen Thi

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 385-402


  A prognosis model has been developed for solid waste generation from households in Hoi An City, a famous tourist city in Viet Nam. Waste sampling, followed by a questionnaire survey, was carried out to gather data. The Bayesian model average method was used to identify factors significantly associated ...  Read More

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Environmental chemistry
6. Optimization of the catalytic ozonation process using copper oxide nanoparticles for the removal of benzene from aqueous solutions

L. Mohammadi; E. Bazrafshan; M. Noroozifar; A.R. Ansari-Moghaddama; A.R. Khazaei Feizabad; A.H. Mahvi

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 403-416


  The current study aimed to examine the overall feasibility of the use of copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO-NPs) as a catalyst in ozonation process for the removal of benzene from aqueous solutions under experimental conditions. This experimental study was conducted on a laboratory scale reactor in a semi-batch ...  Read More

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Solid waste management
7. Factors affecting the rural domestic waste generation

A.R. Darban Astane; M. Hajilo

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 417-426


  The current study was carried out to evaluate the quantity and quality of rural domestic waste generation and to identify the factors affecting it in rural areas of Khodabandeh county in Zanjan Province, Iran. Waste samplings consisted of 318 rural households in 11 villages. In order to evaluate the ...  Read More

ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER Environmental microbiology
8. Isolation and characterization of mercuric reductase by newly isolated halophilic bacterium, Bacillus firmus MN8

M. Noroozi; M.A. Amoozegar; A.A. Pourbabaei; N.S. Naghavi; Z. Nourmohammadi

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 427-436


  The current study was aimed at isolating and identifying the halophilic and halotolerant bacteria which can produce mercuric reductase in Gavkhuni wetland in Iran. Moreover, tracking and sequencing merA gene and kinetic properties of mercuric reductase in the selected strain were performed in this study. ...  Read More

CASE STUDY Environmental microbiology
9. Bacterial diversity impacts as a result of combined sewer overflow in a polluted waterway

O. Calderon; H. Porter-Morgan; J. Jacob; W. Elkins

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 437-446


  Newtown Creek is an industrial waterway and former tidal wetland in New York City. It is one of the most polluted water bodies in the United States and was designated as a superfund site in 2010. For over a century, organic compounds, heavy metals, and other forms of industrial pollution have disrupted ...  Read More

CASE STUDY Environmental management
10. Debris management after earthquake incidence in ancient City of Ray

L. Askarizadeh; A.R. Karbassi; M.B. Ghalibaf; J. Nouri

Volume 3, Issue 4 , Autumn 2017, Pages 447-456


  Ancient City of Ray, located at the southern urban part of Tehran province, is one of the best recognized civilization sites in the world. In this study, the past earthquake incidence in Ray was reviewed using hazards united states tool as a geographic information system-based natural hazard analysis ...  Read More